Blairscove House is situated on the picturesque inlet of Dunmanus Bay in West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way. Not touched by mass tourism, it appeals to visitors who want to get away ‘far from the madding crowd,’ yet desire premium facilities in terms of service and food, with home from home comforts in terms of welcome and accommodation.
Around the courtyard of a Georgian House, beautifully restored with cobbled paths, shrubs and flowers, are the restaurant and four stylish suites or small apartments which can be rented on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis. Formerly a piggery, coach house and servants’ quarters, each suite is individually and very lovingly decorated with a quirky mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.
We also have another holiday cottage on Dunmanus Pier in West Cork, just 12km from Blairscove, in the direction of Mizen Head, again on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route.
The restaurant, on one side of the courtyard quadrangle, used to be the property’s stable building. About 300 years old it is lofty, stone walled and black beamed with a magnificent chandelier as the central feature.This beautiful part of West Cork is the perfect holiday destination for the discerning individual traveller and people travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way. A place not touched by mass tourism, it showcases the best of Ireland’s unspoilt beauty. Blairscove is ideally based for touring all the tourist attractions West Cork has to offer. There may not be much urban nightlife but beautiful walks on the Sheeps Head and Mizen peninsulas are more than enough compensation.
Blairscove is owned by Ann & Chris Woodward, who are the third generation to lovingly manage Blairscove House & Restaurant.
Blairscove has been in the De Mey family since 1972 when it was purchased by Ann’s grandparents as a family holiday home. Ann’s grandmother, Renate made Blairscove her permanent home and started a bed and breakfast in the main house.
In 1981 Ann’s parents, Philippe & Sabine, moved to Blairscove and opened up the restaurant. Over time the bed and breakfast moved from the main house to the four courtyard suites. In 2014, Ann and Woody joined the family team, bringing with them their own experiences from working in the hospitality sector all over the world.
Ann’s uncle, Ronald, has been the Head Chef since 2011 and many members of the team have been a part of the Blairscove story for decades, with even generations of the same family working at Blairscove.